I felt inspired to write this today following the public announcement that Cloudreach has taken an epic next step on its journey to disrupt the world of tech and will now grow with the assistance of Blackstone.
That time of year isn’t it? Everyone becomes a fortune teller and starts writing about things that will happen in the year ahead. Last year I wrote about IoT, and we did see a lot of development in that area - including (sadly) the security watchpoint I mentioned in the article.
For those of you who attended re:Invent last week, have you recovered yet? I feel my life expectancy may be a month or two shorter as a result of the trip, yet somehow AWS and the cloudy attendees present managed to make it better nonetheless.
Back in January I wrote a post on IoT and the year ahead. I suspect the past few weeks’ activities have given IoT somewhat more press than my humble ramblings. Pretty much no one escaped the news that there have been some interesting new variants on the good old fashioned Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), leveraging weak points in IoT devices around the world.
Ever tried to explain to someone that you’re going to Las Vegas for a serious business trip? Good lord it’s difficult. Something about the Nevada desert seems to make everyone assume you’re on ‘a jolly’. What’s the truth?
Headline too strong for you? Well, it was inspired by a couple of conversations this week that took me back in time to 2011 when I first joined Cloudreach, and the business world was a little more suspicious of cloud security.
Writing this post freshly back in a UK time zone, following a trip to the west coast last week to the Microsoft Cloud & Hosting Summit. It was my first time at the event, and I had some fascinating conversations with a number of senior individuals. As I think about the takeaway messages, the one that stands out the most is Microsoft’s hybrid approach in their go to market message for enterprise cloud.
Now there’s a doom mongering headline, eh? Well, it’s true so I make no apology for it. It’s been nearly a year since I last wrote on the subject of security (“How Secure is your data”), but having been to visit our partners Alert Logic recently, I was motivated to jot down a few further thoughts.
I didn’t know you guys worked with Microsoft? Yep. In fact Cloudreach has been a Microsoft partner since 2009, and we’ve built, migrated and operated countless environments in AWS built using platforms like Windows Server, Exchange, SharePoint, Dynamics AX, etc.
Welcome to 2016 you lovely Cloudy Readers. Hope you managed to take a few days’ rest and eat some [relevant seasonal food]. Ready to get back into it? ‘Course you are. “Internet of Things” (IoT) looks like it will be to 2016 what “Big Data” was to 2015 in terms of level of hype and sales waffle.